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Literary Theory (Blackwell Guides to Literature)by Gregory Castle
Synopses & Reviews
More than eighty years ago, the English literary critic, I. A. Richards, spoke of a “chaos of critical theories,” an assessment that would not be wide of the mark in the early years of the twenty-first century. This innovative guidebook introduces readers to the sometimes forbiddingly arcane world of literary theory, focusing on its fundamental concepts, and the most prominent and influential theoretical figures and movements.
The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory:
Book News Annotation:
Writing mainly for undergraduate students who have not encountered literary theory before, Castle (English literature, Arizona State U.) focuses on fundamental concepts and the most prominent and influential theoretical movements. He traces the history of literary theory from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, looks at movements and at particular figures, and ends with theoretical readings of a variety of literary texts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gregory Castlersquo; s Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory is based on the premise that the best way for literature students to learn about theory is to offer them a number of contexts in which to study it. Castle provides a brief history of literary theory in the twentieth century as well as a series of alphabetically organized entries on key figures, from Adorno to Zcaron; izcaron; ek, giving students a sense of the wide range of thinkers who have contributed to literary theory. At the center of the Guide are detailed descriptions of the major movements of literary theory, from cultural studies to feminism to postcolonialism, which gives students a sense of its scope and diversity. The book also provides a number of exemplary readings of literary texts, including Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, Ulysses, Mrs Dalloway and Midnight's Children. Each of these texts is interpreted using several theoretical approaches, demonstrating different ways of performing literary analysis. The Guide also includes an in-depth glossary and helpful suggestions for reading with theory.
This student-friendly text introduces students to the history and scope of literary theory, as well as showing them how to perform literary analysis.
About the Author
Gregory Castle is Professor of English Literature at Arizona State University. His previous books include Modernism and the Celtic Revival (2001), Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2001), and Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (2006).
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction:.
Part II: The Rise of Literary Theory:.
Part III: Scope of Literary Theory Critical Theory:.
Gender and Sexuality.
Structuralism and Formalism.
Part IV: Key Figures in Literary Theory:.
Teresa De Lauretis.
Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari.
Paul De Man.
Henry Louis Gates.
Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar.
J. Hillis Miller.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.
Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak.
Part V: Reading with Literary Theory:.
William Shakespeare, Tempest.
John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.
Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.
James Joyce, Ulysses.
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
W. B. Yeats, “Leda and the Swan”.
Samuel Beckett, Endgame.
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus.
Conclusion: How to Read Theory.
Recommendations for Further Study.
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